TITLE

CORRELATES OF HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12

AUTHOR(S)
Pearson, Rebecca; Turner, Lori W.; Young, Michael E.; Knickerbocker, Cliff
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p170
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to identify correlates of healthy eating and physical activity among a sample of 700 students in grades 6 to 12. Methods: The investigators used a 92-item questionnaire. Predictor variables were gender; religiosity; tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; attitudes toward fitness; diet behaviors and body weight; and sexuality behaviors. Chi-square tests far independence were conducted and logistic regression was used to construct predictive models for physical activity and adequate fruit, vegetables, and calcium intake. Results: Perception of good fitness level, male gender, and perception of good eating habits made unique contributions to distinguishing between those who engaged in "comprehensive" physical activity and those who did not. Exercising at least three times a week, perception of good eating habits, and frequency of attendance at religious services all made unique contributions to distinguishing between those who reported adequate fruit, vegetable, and calcium intakes and those who did not. Conclusions: Results suggest that attendance at religious services may be associated with healthy eating behaviors and that healthy eating behaviors and exercise may be associated. Results also support the idea that health behaviors tend to cluster rather than be separate, and that students tend to practice healthy or unhealthy lifestyles � not just a few unhealthy behaviors among many healthy ones and vice versa. This information may help health professionals to target messages and design other strategies aimed at promoting and
ACCESSION #
31852470

 

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